It’s been three weeks—21 full days—since Nick Foles placed a 36-yard rainbow between three defenders and into DeSean Jackson’s waiting arms in Tampa Bay. That was the last time the Eagles’ offense reached the end zone.
Over the past two games we’ve seen Foles regress to Bobby Hoying levels of ineptitude, watched as Michael Vick tried to play without the use of his best feature—mobility—and got a glimpse into “the future” with an underprepared Matt Barkley. It’s no wonder the Birds haven’t been able to produce so many as six measly points.
Obviously Eagles nation will be watching intently to see whether or not Foles can rebound, whether he’s NFC-Offensive-Player-of-the-Week good or 38-percent-completion-rate bad or anything in between. But most of all, we really just want to see some scoring.
We get it: Chip Kelly doesn’t have his franchise quarterback. We’re starving though. Whether it’s Foles, Vick or Barkley, we need to see something that gives us hope for next season at least.
That’s been the biggest element missing these past few weeks. Most folks expected the Eagles were going to miss the playoffs this season, that the quarterback isn’t on the roster and they would struggle as a result. Still, there has to be some positive steps in the right direction at least, no?
We’ll see. Win or lose to the Raiders in Oakland today, all I ask is this game be watchable. It seems like such a small request, but after the last two, it seems there are no guarantees.
CLEVELAND — Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber's rehab finished just in time for the World Series.
Schwarber will bat fifth and be the designated hitter for the National League champions in Game 1 on Tuesday night against Cleveland's Corey Kluber. Schwarber hasn't played in the majors since tearing ligaments in his left knee on April 7 in a collision with teammate Dexter Fowler.
Dallas Cowboys orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel Cooper operated 12 days later to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments. He was expected to miss the rest of the season but was cleared to return on Oct. 17.
Schwarber played a pair of games in the Arizona Fall League, going 1 for 6 with a double and two walks, and flew to Cleveland on Monday.
Nerlens Noel has had surgery on his sore left knee, and the Sixers have not disclosed a timetable for the disgruntled center's return.
Noel has been out since the team's first preseason game. He initially had a left groin strain before experiencing soreness in the knee during rehab, and it was discovered he had an inflamed plica.
The team is calling the surgery a "minor elective arthroscopic procedure." It was performed in New York by Dr. Riley J. Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Noel eventually will travel to Birmingham, Ala. to rehab with associate clinical director Kevin Wilk at Champion Sports Medicine.
The Sixers expect to have a timetable for his return once Noel returns to Philadelphia. According to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Noel is expected to miss three to five weeks.
This has been a rough preseason for Noel, who hasn't hidden his displeasure with his role on the Sixers' jammed frontcourt. The team has until Oct. 31 to extend his rookie contract but, per a report in the Inquirer earlier this month, the two sides have yet to discuss it.